Hike Through Rock Creek Park

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This dirt trail is 9-miles out-and-back, but you can choose to turn around at whatever point you prefer. It makes for a great urban hike or run. Along the route, enjoy great views of the Potomac river.

This is primarily a dirt trail, which is pretty rare and fantastic for hiking and trail-running. Depending on where you exactly start, it's roughly 4.5 miles, so it's a pretty moderate hike/ run or almost 10miles if you do the out and back. There are also a ton of other paths, so you can easily add on extra miles if you want to or get on the Valley Trail if you want to make it a super loop.

Photos: Erin Johnson

Pack List

  • Hiking or running shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Appropriate clothes (since weather can change)
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Activities:

Chillin, Fitness, Hiking, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

450 Feet

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
River
Scenic

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